Dr. Mark B. McClellan

MITRE Senior Visiting Fellow; Director, Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy; Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Former Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration

Mark B. McClellan is the director of the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Health Policy at Duke University. He formerly was a senior fellow and director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution, and before that an associate professor with tenure at Stanford University.

McClellan served in President George W. Bush’s administration as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and then as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

McClellan’s professional life has combined his training as a medical doctor with his studies in economics and public policy. His research has addressed ways to improve healthcare quality, the relationship between health and economic well-being, and the economic and policy factors that influence medical treatment decisions and health outcomes. He has also studied the effects of technological change in healthcare and its consequences for health and medical expenditures.

From 1998 to 1999, McClellan served as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, supervising economic analysis and policy development on a range of domestic issues. From 2001 to 2002, he served in the White House, as a member of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, and as senior policy director for healthcare and related economic issues.

McClellan has twice received the Arrow Award for Outstanding Research in Health Economics. He holds bachelor’s degrees in English and biology from the University of Texas. He earned a medical degree from the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Division of Health Services and Technology and a doctorate in economics from MIT. He also holds a master’s in public administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.